44 THE FATE OF MAN sheer mockery of the poverty-stricken condition and the slavery of great masses of men. Freedom has created monstrous injustices. And men have ceased to love freedom when they have become conscious of their right to a more worthy and more active existence. In formal democracies freedom has become an obstacle in the way of social reform, and now men have desired dicta- tors, for the purpose of achieving such reform. Dynamic liberty is not formal freedom of choice : dynamic liberty presupposes a previous choosing of the truth. The natural reaction against this distorted freedom in liberal democracies has developed into a reaction against the eternal truth of a free human spirit. The most liberal of democracies have never known the spiritual bases of freedom, and the movements now directed against democracy have no desire to know them. Liberalism has separated the citizen from the integral personality. It has separated rights from responsibilities. For in the final analysis freedom is not only rights, it is duties as well. God has laid upon man the duty of being free, of safeguarding freedom of spirit, no matter how difficult that may be, or how much sacrifice and suffering it may require. And man is obligated to respect and regard the freedom of his fellow-man, not only his own. There are too many lovers of their own liberty in the world.